Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
China is not taking over Africa (The Washington Post)
by Aubrey Hruby and Jake Bright
Yes, China is doing a lot of business in African nations. But the real story is not as simple as some media narratives suggest.
No, we can’t gene-edit our way to a smarter baby (The Conversation)
by A. Cecile J.W. Janssens
The gene-editing technology CRISPR is massively expanding the ways scientists can change living things. But a researcher in the field says that doesn’t mean we’ll have to worry about “designer babies.”
How retweeting builds a movement (Pacific Standard)
by Nathan Collins
Does posting a meme about climate change on Facebook make you feel like you’ve done something about the problem? A new study says it should. Even though it’s easy to dismiss “slacktivists,” they play a real role in protest movements.
Are probiotics any good? (Slate)
by Melinda Wenner Moyer
Should you give your baby probiotics to cure stomach aches or stave off nasty side-effects from antibiotics? If so, which kind? And how much of it? A science-savvy mom delves into what the research can tell us, and what it can’t.
The preschool-to-prison pipeline (The Atlantic)
by Melinda D. Anderson
Black boys are getting suspended at shockingly high rates—from preschool. Research gives us clues as to what’s going on and how we can do something about it.
Have you seen a story online that does a good job of bridging the gap between the news and scholarship? Or something that seems particularly well-researched? Let us know and we may include it in next week’s roundup. Email us at jstordaily_submissions (at) jstor (dot) org.